Paul Konerko celebrated by Chicago White Sox
Sep 27, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko (14) waves to fans from the dugout during a ceremony honoring his retirement from baseball before a game against the Kansas City Royals at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox honored the career of Paul Konerko, Saturday on “Paul Konerko Day,” at US Cellular Field.
Above is the video of the White Sox honoring the career of Konerko.
At the beginning of the celebration, White Sox TV announcer Ken Harrelson (“The Hawk’) said the following:
"“Today we are going to celebrate one of the most productive players to ever put a White Sox uniform on. And one of the most popular players to ever put a White Sox uniform on.”"
Only one other player has played more games for the White Sox in franchise history, being Luke Appling from 1930-43 and 1945-50.
The celebration also had a video with players, former teammates and celebrities giving congrats to Konerko on his career.
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Even a fan (Chris Claeys) returned the 2005 Game 2 World Series grand slam ball to Konerko during the ceremony. A statue from the moment he hit the grand slam was also unveiled at US Cellular Field as well.
Konerko said at the ceremony”
"“This is way more than you ever dream that can happen when you pick up a bat when you are six years old … when you look at that statue or when you look at number that’s going right there. Just realize when you look at that and I’m not here at these games, that your fingerprints are all over it. It wouldn’t be there without you guys.”"